Product certification: Dhaka to vie with global bodies soon

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Product certification: Dhaka to vie with global bodies soon

DHAKA, Oct 24 (BSS) – The country would have the capacity soon to provide its manufacturers with accreditation for their goods for greater access to the international markets, Advocate Moinuddin Miaji, Chairman of Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB), said here today.

“Our businessmen obtain accreditation from abroad for their produces. The days are not far away when Bangladesh would be competing with international certifying bodies,” he told a meeting in the BAB conference room here.

Echoing Miaji, Industries Minister Dilip Barua said capable businesspeople have to go to many countries including Singapore and Bangkok due to lack of confidence in local certifying bodies.

“We would have to build up confidence in our certifying bodies too,” he said.

Among others, Chairman of Bangladesh Council for Science and Industrial Research (BCSIR) Prof Dr Ahmed Ismail Mostafa, eminent scientist Abul Kalam and BAB director general M Abu Abdullah joined the meeting.

BAB arranged the meeting titled ‘Laboratory accreditation: Promoting Strategy’ to exchange views with members of Association of Testing Laboratories (ATL).

Barua said the government is advancing towards industrialization as industrial units were once considered as dirty and polluted areas but now the concept has been changed.

The industrial units are now being operated with innovations and application of modern technologies, he added.

The industries minister said Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have become key tools to turn Bangladesh into an industrially rich country.

He favoured synchronization of BAB, Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), BCSIR and other certifying authorities for greater market access to international market for widening the export basket.

Prof Dr Ahmed linked strengthening local certifying bodies to boosting export and said steps should be taken to transform all labs into accredited ones in phases to this end.

BCSIR has set up a chemical testing laboratory equipped with world standard apparatus and this lab would be launched formally within the next couple of months, he said adding that this lab would help get international acceptability for local products.

Experts say Bangladesh would be able to remove most of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) regarding exports to neighbouring countries if the country could upgrade its lab to international standard.

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